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About the project

Artists are at the heart of everything we do at the Royal Academy of Arts – we’ve been championing them since 1768 and firmly believe in nurturing young talent and celebrating the next generation of artists.

Taking inspiration from the annual Summer Exhibition, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is an opportunity for young artists aged 4 - 19 years to exhibit their work online and on-site at the Royal Academy.

The project is generously supported by Robin Hambro, a passionate advocate for the importance of access to art, and the benefits of encouraging the arts, for children and young people.

Judging

All of the artworks are viewed and judged by a panel of experienced and passionate artists and arts professionals, who work together to select which artworks will be shown online and which will be shown at the Royal Academy.

Previous judging panels have included Royal Academicians Cathie Pilkington, Bob and Roberta Smith and Phyllida Barlow.

Prizes

Prizes are awarded each year for two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by the President of the Royal Academy. They will each receive vouchers for art materials or a free practical workshop for their school. You can also vote for your favourite artwork in our annual People’s Choice Award, with the winners receiving vouchers for art materials. Take a look at the 2021 prize winning artworks.

Take a look inside the Young Artists’ Summer Show

Our judges were overwhelmed by the talent on display in the third year of the Young Artists’ Summer Show. From sandwiches to cyclopes, the 2021 exhibition is filled with the imagination, insight and curiosity of young people - something that is more vital than ever. See the exhibition and hear from some of the selected artists in this video.